Grateful Dead Live at Cole Field House, U of Maryland on 1981-03-07
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Taper: Jim Wise
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- 2004-04-26 11:45:40
- Senn 421 mics> SonyD5> MC> CD> ?> EAC> SHN
- College Park, MD
- Taped by
- Jim Wise
Subject: A lot of great stuff
I was at the show, and when they opened the 2nd set with Iko, we were all ecstatic, as the song had not become a regular part of the rotation at that point. The rest of the 2nd set was very solid but it didn't quite maintain the energy level of the first set.
This recording is so-so. I hope I can find a better one.
Subject: Bird Song!!!
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: Incredible Bird Song
Subject: Jerry needed a chair
Subject: first set recollections
Subject: 4th GD show - first non-Radio City show
During the Jam after Saint, I did not hear the Eleven but did hear extended Saint jam, perhaps a bar of Heaven Help the Fool, and certainly Uncle John's, which they played the next show. Terrapin Station would have been perfect in that spot since Cole Field House was the home of the Terrapins at that time. But back in '81, Phil would come out on stage early by himself to check his equipment. That night, some buttheads in the front told Phil how they "had to play Terrapin that night" and that basically killed any chance that they might.
And yes, I remember the house lights coming up during Deal, maybe a couple times. They also did at Hampton a couple months later. At the time, we thought it was because the set was nearing the 90 minute mark and the sound team wanted to let Jerry know that the tape was going to run out! But this is speculation.
Subject: The Eleven!
The show's good too - the 1st set closing bird song, looks like rain, and deal are worth the download. Aiko is also very strong. Hell, Jerry even puts a little extra into alabama.
Sound is probably 3 1/2, but with the eleven jam it's deffinitely a 4 rating
Subject: Good show, poor recording
For a decent audience recording of a great show from this time period, see the 3-5-81 show.
Subject: House Lights!
Subject: A Nice Day
The second set was a little disjointd as song selection was hit or miss. Mostly they did not seem as one band, or even soloists ringing their stuff out, but rather as a band seemingly thinking of the next stop along the way. They were not ON, as second set did not really come across as cohesive.
I had a lot of fun hanging out with my friends from Balt. who had friends at College Park. My girlfriend at the time, or soon to be, we were all hanging out with her ex or ex to be. I was a little apprehensive, but he was cool. And we all loved eachother.
My name is John and my all time favorite ender or encore JBG was very fitting for a Great Day.
Jerry knew all, long LIVE his memory.
Any of my friends out there? Kim, etc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Wow, what a Bird Song
Subject: Educating Skysby
Jerry said that he thought the "music was fucked" and that "everything was a struggle". He then chuckles about how, when they listened to tapes of the shows months later, the shows were "crackling with energy" and the band used them on their next album (I believe it was Anthem of the Sun). He finishes by musing that this was when the band learned not to judge their performance by how they felt about it afterwards.
I hate to have to state the obvious, but if you never heard this before, you haven't been paying very close attention to the band. Here's a tip, listen to the show to find out if its good. Don't say its a good show because you had a "great time". And don't dismiss it because of some half-assed story based on heresay that is barely believable.
Subject: 2 Words
Subject: Wait till the Deal goes down!
Subject: Oh What a Night
The energy was over the top. Fav moments, bird song->looks like rain. By the final refrain of LLR it was pouring inside. The Aiko started and you could see everyone upstairs in a circle holding hands and spinnin.
Indescribable. Still gives me chills 25 years later. I don't know that I have ever heard a great recording of this show. But I have gone through many cassests and I don't think it matters on this one.
while i can't speak to the "i know the guy who went out with the sister of the cousin of the roadie who used to shoot up jerry's leg" story posted below (though it may well be true...), i can state with certainty that the spring tour of '81 was notoriously out of control and the first set of this show exemplifies the dead at full throttle.
while the term "best" is somewhat irrelevent when talking about such a prolific and eclectic band, i believe this to be the "best" brent era birdsong period: worth downloading and twice the price of admission for this tune alone though the rest of the show is smokin' to boot. janis was smiling down on this one...
thanks to mr. wise (et al) for all of the killer quality tunes. please keep 'em coming!
Subject: Hey Popskull! That was my first show too!
Subject: My first show
Subject: The Dead Themselves Said this Show Sucked
I always found this fascinating because I was at the show too and I sure didn't think it was a bad set. Then again, I was an 18-year-old starry-eyed Deadhead who knew a good show from a great show but not necessarily that the Dead could ever truly play a bad set. But even though the band was not happy with its performance that night, that isn't the end-all. John Lennon denounced some of his classic Beatles stuff, for example. But I must say that the band's own assessment of this show--and I'm sure they'd say the same thing about lots of shows--provides some much-needed perspective. I mean, come on, sometimes the guys just didn't have it. This is one of those nights, at least according to the men who played it.
Subject: Too Hot To Handle
Subject: the Bird Song
Subject: gd 3-7-81
Subject: great show
Subject: Killer Birdsong!
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